facts about The Cancumbang Center:
- Facility Description: The one floor building has a meeting area, kitchen, restroom, computer lab and a storage closet. The building is elevated above ground so that it can also serve as an evacuation center during flooding or severe weather conditions.
- Ages Served: Daycare, elementary, middle and high school age students attend the center. High school and college students come to the center to use computers and to take online classes.
- Academic Year: In the Philippines, the school year typically starts in early June and ends in late March, with a short break in December.
- Family Support: Our volunteer coordinators routinely conduct home and school visits to monitor the children’s well-being. Counseling and mental wellness support are offered to children and their parents.
- Nutrition and Basic Needs: Children come to the center for weekly feeding and for monthly distribution of clothing, food, hygiene items and cleaning supplies for the home.
The Philippines comprise a vast island nation in Southeast Asia. This archipelago of more than 7,000 islands boasts sandy beaches, towering mountains and volcanoes, tropical rainforests and an incredible wealth of natural resources and biodiversity. Humans have called these islands home for thousands of years, predating historic records. Today, the Philippines incorporate a staggering number of languages, ethnic groups, religions and cultures. Despite its status as an emerging market, however, nearly half of all Filipinos still earn less than $2 a day. Adequate sanitation, access to healthcare, and access to potable water are still daily challenges in this widely underdeveloped country. The large port city of Tacloban is no exception to these maladies.
The Cangumbang Center, located on the southern side of the province, is categorized as an agricultural area and is known to be flood-prone in which, during rainy or typhoon season, knee-high deep floods are common. The children we support at this center come from families with meager income, most often with just one parent who works in the informal sector as most families struggle while waiting for harvest or planting season every year. Thanks to our work with our volunteer coordinators, and with the support of Children Incorporated sponsors, we help provide children with the opportunity to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.
Facts about the Philippines:
- Population: 109 million (2023)
- Languages Spoken: Filipino (official, based on Tagalog), and English (official) and 8 other dialects
- Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (2023)
- Poverty Rate: 16.7% (2023)